DHHS Guidance for Larger and Smaller Residential Settings

The below message is from Kody H. Kinsley, Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & IDD, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

Restrictions on communal dining, group activities, and visitation in long-term care settings were put in place to protect residents who are often in a high-risk category for serious complications from COVID-19.  At the same time, we recognize these restrictions have consequences to the overall health and well-being of residents and their families. We strongly encourage the continued use of technology to keep connected as much as possible. However, to balance the needs of families and residents to see each other, with the need to protect residents from COVID-19, DHHS has released updated guidance to facilities on outdoor visitation, communal dining and other indoor activities depending on the type of facility.

We are continuously examining data and trends and reassessing guidance and policies to balance the needs of residents and families to resume activities with the need to protect residents from COVID-19 and its complications.

Page last modified: June 29, 2020